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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7470 GeForce GTX 650 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 1783% 372%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1623% 332%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1567% 318%
FIFA 21 850% 138%
Watch Dogs Legion 1717% 356%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1567% 318%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2600% 577%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2550% 565%
Godfall 2958% 667%
Genshin Impact 1783% 372%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 7470.

The GTX 650 has a 360 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 7470. This results in the GTX 650 providing 29.5 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 650 has a 360 MHz higher core clock speed and 12 more Render Output Units than the Radeon HD 7470. This results in the GTX 650 providing 14.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 650 was released less than a year after the Radeon HD 7470, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 650 has 512 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 7470, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 650 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 650 has 51.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 7470, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 650 is much better than the Radeon HD 7470.

The Radeon HD 7470 has 160 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 650 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 7470 is 60 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 is 426. The GTX 650 having 366 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 650 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 7470.

The GTX 650 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon HD 7470. This means that the GTX 650 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon HD 7470.

The Radeon HD 7470 requires 18 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 650 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the Radeon HD 7470 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 650. The GTX 650 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the Radeon HD 7470. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 650 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon HD 7470.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed750 MHzvs1110 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Caicos XTKepler GK107-450-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date05 Jan 2012vs01 Sep 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/secvs80GB/sec
L2 Cache 128 KB vs green tick 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units160vs384
Actual Shader Performance3%vs21%
Texture Mapping Units8vs32
Texture Rate6 GTexel/svs35.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs16
Pixel Rate3 GPixel/svs17.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power18 Watts-
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs400 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron G440 1.6GHzvsIntel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 7470 is an entry-level Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Terascale Architecture.

The Second variant of the Terascale 2 Architecture is still manufactured with a 40nm technology and despite allowing more Stream Cores, their design remains more or less the same compared to the first variant.

It equips a GPU codenamed Caicos XT which has 2 Compute Units activated and thus offers 160 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit Operates at 750MHz.

The GPU accesses a 512MB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 64-bit memory interface. The memory clock operates at 900MHz. The size of the frame buffer is adequate.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for HD3D, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, PowerPlay and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 18W, it requires at least a 300W PSU and it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Radeon HD 7470 is a direct re-brand of Radeon HD 6450 v2.
Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above of a GeForce GT 520.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Celeron) and 4GB of RAM for a system with Radeon HD 7470.
GeForce GTX 650 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class GeForce GTX 650 1GB.
This special edition comes overclocked out of the box to 1110MHz and features a custom-designed 10 cm cooler.
Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance boost when compared to the reference card and so this GPU is suitable for medium to high settings on most demanding games but not with extreme resolutions.
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